[WARNING: This post contains graphic images and video]
On Monday morning, a woman was nearly killed on a Beijing bus after slapping a man for allegedly touching her inappropriately, causing him to go after her with a knife.
According to eyewitnesses aboard the bus in Beijing’s Tongzhu District, the pervert touched the woman’s butt two or three times before she finally took offense and slapped him across the face. She then took out her phone to snap the man’s photo and threatened to call the police.
As she approached the front of the bus to speak with the driver, one older lady told the woman to forget about the incident so that they could all get to work on time. Just then, the man came at his victim with a fruit knife, slashing her near the throat.
Photos from the scene of the crime show the woman lying on the street covered in blood, as well as patches of blood splattered around the bus.
Right after the man started his attack, he was grabbed by the bus driver and fellow passengers who managed to hold him down until officers arrived. Police have identified the man as a 26-year-old Liaoning native surnamed Liu.
While police investigate the incident, the woman is reportedly no longer in serious danger and is resting at a Beijing hospital.
The horrifying knife attack comes in the middle of a police crackdown on perverts who plague Beijing’s public transportation system during the summer. According to People’s Daily, over 20 men who groped or made unwanted sexual advances on female passengers inside the city’s subway have already been arrested in this campaign. Meanwhile, incidences of molestation have been well-publicized by the media recently. Video of one man grabbing four women’s bottoms on the subway in a five-minute span has gone viral online.
Incidents like these tend to increase during the sweltering summertime months in China, but recently women have also been directly fighting back against them. In May, a girl slapped a guy and dragged him to the police after he touched her butt on an escalator in the Nanning subway, while, last summer in Shanghai, one woman caught the perv who grabbed her breasts on the metro and handed him straight over to the police.
Of course, this kind of vigilante justice is much easier when the creep isn’t carrying around a knife.
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